At less than twenty years old, Nellie birthed three children. Her friends’ husbands return from the beginning of World War I, dead or mortally wounded. When the local draft board sends for her husband’s conscription, he loads their buckboard and takes them far from civilization. She must find resourceful ways for them to survive at the peril of her young daughters. Living off the land in the wilderness and nearly single-handedly fighting for survival forever changes the way she looks at her marriage. It also changes the way she looks at herself.
In this book, she tells how her fearful husband puts them on the run once more. He finds new reasons to hide even farther from Nellie’s home and family. The safety and wellbeing of their toddler daughters aren’t as important to him as avoiding conscription during World War I. Wilderness in early twentieth century America? He leads them into the middle of it. Nellie and her daughters are forced to go along when Britt hides in the wilderness for nearly three years. Grit. That’s when she developed grit. And there is no grit like that of a Texas woman fighting for the survival of her young children in dangerous circumstances.